Former Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel said Sean Hannity made her uncomfortable by repeatedly asking her to his room when on assignment in Detroit and when she declined, he yelled at her. Schlussel also said on another occasion in New York, he argued with her about the size of her pants.
“He was arguing with me about my pants size, . . . I said they were size 2, and he said, no, they were a 4.”
“It was just incredibly creepy and inappropriate,” Schlussel said Monday about her experiences with Hannity over 10 years ago, “That’s how he is.”
Her comments were made on Friday during her weekly stint on the Pat Campbell radio show in Tulsa. Schlussel explained that it was an impromptu response when Campbell asked if she’d ever experienced sexual advances during her time at Fox.
From the Detroit Free Press:
“She said that Hannity was in metro Detroit for a show, and that he’d asked her to go back to his hotel during a book signing beforehand and again after the show was finished. Both times, she declined, she said.
“And then after that, I wasn’t booked on his show again. And he called me and yelled at me and. … it was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel,” she said on the radio show. “And I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”
Hannity responded to the allegations by saying Schlussel’s account of what happened is “100% false and a complete fabrication.”
In a statement Hannity called Schlussel “a serial harasser,” and said,
“LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100 percent false and a complete fabrication. This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.”
Schlussel said she doesn’t consider Hannity’s comments sexual harassment, but regardless of her personal opinion, if the allegations are true, it speaks to the toxic working environment for women at Fox.
She said that before the Detroit incident, Hannity told her that he wanted her to be a recurring guest on his show, however she said was later told she was ‘blackballed’ by Hannity and a producer.